BPSTechnology Webinar – Episode 3: Computer Science Education Week


(upbeat music) Hello, and welcome to BPSTechnology’s monthly webinars, episode three. Computer Science Education Week. November 28, 2018, 7:00 to 7:30. My name is Nikolas Gonzales
and I am accompanied by Rhianon Gutierrez, Edward Considine, and Mark Pijanowski. Thank you for attending. Today’s theme is “Hour of
Code,” yes, it’s coming. And, if you’d like to follow along with this slide deck, we are at bit.ly/bpscsed18webinar. That’s Boston Public Schools
computer science education, 18 webinar. And the link to our resource document, because we’re gonna be talking about some computer science education
resource documents throughout the webinar tonight. If you’d like to take
a look at some of them, or review them, or use them
during your class during Computer Science Education Week,
which is Hour of Code week, go to bit.ly/bpscsed18notes. This webinar will address five different frequently asked questions about Computer Science
Education Week and Hour of Code. Just to not mix you up, Hour of Code and Computer Science Education Week are essentially the same thing. So, don’t mean to trip you up
if I use two different terms. We know it mostly as Hour of
Code, but it’s also called Computer Science Education Week. We’re gonna be addressing
five different questions within this webinar that
pertain to Hour of Code. Five frequently asked questions. And one of them is, “What is Hour of Code?” What are we talking about here? “And why should schools
participate in it?” Well, Hour of Code was
started by Code.org in 2013. And it’s a one-hour
introduction to computer science that takes place during the computer science– Hour of Code. Which is, this year is
December 3rd through 9th. During this week, we challenge
our schools to provide at least one hour of computer science. Not just our schools, but every classroom. One hour of computer science or coding, lessons to all students to introduce them to the field of computer science. There’s a lot of coding in schools now, there’s a lot of computer
science in schools, there are a lot of
technology courses as well. But this isn’t limited to just them. We want people from all
backgrounds and content areas to participate in this,
because coding is essential. And learning the language of computers, coding or computer languages, is really important for our
students, because they are entering a world that exists that exists with computers everywhere. They are involved in jobs and all throughout professions now. Even if your students already learned computer science though,
Computer Science Education Week is a good opportunity
to do something special to bring new awareness to fields, to computer science fields, and
careers that are popping up. Code.org also sponsors raffles for schools who are participating Hour of Code. This year they are awarding
over 100 classrooms with physical computing and robotics kits. You can sign up at hourofcode.com/us. So question number two.
“How is BPSTechnology supporting Hour of Code and Computer Science Education Week?” Hour of Code is a great
opportunity for us to highlight great work that
our students in schools are doing around computer science. For the last three to
four years, we’ve jumped in percentages of schools
participating from 60%, I believe, to our last Hour of Code,
which was well over 80%. So, almost all schools in BPS
participate in Hour of Code. Again, it’s a great
opportunity to highlight work that our students
in our schools are doing around computer science, the growing field of computer science. We host student contests every year to celebrate Hour of Code. This year, we have five categories: Scratch Animation, Scratch Interactive, Scratch Games, Physical Computing, and anything goes. Physical computing and anything coding– Physical computing and anything
coding are video entries and are designed to be very broad to accept entries from anyone. Pre-K all the way to high school. So, if you have no background in computer science or technology, these are the contests for you. Anyone can do them, and all they do is involve video. Again, they’re broad,
and they’re designed for the technology newbie and the non-computer science background teacher. We also hold raffles for
participating schools and teachers. And encourage all
classrooms to participate. More details and specific
instructions are at bit.ly/bpscoders. Again, that’s bit.ly/bpscoders. So, on to question number three. “What are some things schools have done for the Hour of Code?” Some schools do school-wide
events, or parent events, some schools bring in
professionals to help the class, or to speak to students about
careers in computer science. If you are already
teaching computer science, this might be a good time to
have students do presentations, or showcase their work. But don’t feel like you
have to do something major. Don’t feel like you
have to do a heavy lift. Most schools facilitate
Hour of Code activities during the regular school day. So, it’s not something you
have to do after school or before school. If you can find a way to build it into your standard day, that’s great. That’s fine, you’re
participating in Hour of Code. You should register at bit.ly/bpscoders. Get your school on the map, it’s great. Again, over 80% of our schools
participated last year, and it would be great to
have you involved as well. “I’m not a computer teacher,
so should I still participate?” Yes, and yes. Absolutely. Computer science is not just for computer technology teachers. Hour of Code, the website, hourofcode.com, has a lot of pre-made tutorials that can be easily
implemented by all teachers. Even with no coding experience or technology experience with computers. You can even filter them by subjects. It is very important for every student to get exposure, so if your school does not have a computer teacher, or if your students don’t have regular computer or technology courses, feel free to circle back
with some of the teachers that have done unplugged activities for Hour of Code, because
there are a lot out there. Because the most important
thing for Hour of Code in learning how to code
and learn how to program, is not necessarily utilizing your computer to do all the work for you. There’s actually a lot of
thought that goes into it, and computational thinking
is one of the things that we really want to
promote at BPSTechnology, because computational thinking allows you to use the languages that
are associated with coding or associated with computers. You don’t necessarily need a computer to teach computer science, and again, a lot of computer science
courses at the high school level, and even at the middle school level, even at the college level do
not start using a computer until sometimes the 2nd or 3rd week. So, again, you don’t need a computer to teach computer science,
and we really suggest that you go to “csunplugged” to find some computer science
activities that you can do without actually needing a computer. “How do I teach csunplugged?” So if you can take a look at some of the printables that are there. There’s some really good activities. So, go ahead and click on Sorting Networks. So, again this is a really good way to– how computer networks work,
and it’s a great way to show how routing and how switching works, and how it goes from
one place to the other, and again, it’s a really great way to teach the ideas of networking without actually having a
computer in front of you. Go to Pixel Painter. So, for artists out there, this is a great way to look at the different ways pixels
are used to make art, and how they use images. Don’t necessarily need a
computer for this, either. You can create some, and you can show how pixelation works with imagery, and images for computers. Question number five. “What
can I do if I don’t have access to computers during my class?” Yeah, we just through that right now. Again, coding doesn’t
necessarily need computers. There are many engaging
unplugged activities. We just went through a couple of them. And again, you don’t
necessarily need to be a computer teacher to
teach computer science. You can use these activities as well. Now, let’s take a look at
some of our past projects that we’ve done before. Again, we’ve been doing
this for about three years here at BPSTechnology. And we’ll go back, I’ll
give them the bit.ly to the website after, Rhianon, when we show them some of our contests. So here is our “Scratch
Animate Your Name Challenge.” 1st Place last year was Lucy
Kimmel from Orchard Gardens. It’s loading the project. She made her name. And Rhianon, if you can go to See Inside, this is the Scratch coding that went into making Lucy’s project. So again, Scratch is a very good way to introduce coding and
computer science to beginners. Scratch works like Legos, and so you plug blocks into each
other, and you’re able to actually manipulate the graphical
user interface on the left using these coding blocks. And, Rhianon, let’s go to one more. There we go. This was Danny. And, if you look inside, you can see you can see some of
the blocks that he used to make his name, and you can see Scratchy the cat in the middle. So, these were the
blocks that were used for– that were used for his project. And again, these all relate
to real computer languages such as Java and Python. So, let’s go ahead and go back to the website for BPS coders for– for Hour of Code this year. Let’s just scroll down and show them some of the different challenges
that we’ve had last year. Again, these aren’t the same challenges that we’re gonna have this year, but these are some of the things that we did in the past. And again, Hour of Code is a
very, very important event. It’s probably one of the largest education events in the world, because the entire world is doing it during the same week. And again, it’s a pledge by all schools throughout the world, internationally to do at least one hour of
code with their students. If you’re interested in Hour of Code and finding out more about it, please go to hourofcode.com to find out some of the raffles
that are being sponsored by hourofcode.com. And please, if you’re
interested in doing this, don’t forget to register
at bit.ly/bpscoders. There’s a place to register your school, and you’ll show up on the map, and you’ll be recognized
by BPS Computer Science, here at BPS Tech. If you have any questions
whatsoever about this, and you wanna get
involved, please email us, Nick Gonzales or Haruna Hosokawa at [email protected] This is Nick Gonzales signing off. Thank you so much for watching, and have a good time coding. And have a great time doing your Hour of Code at your school. Thank you so much, and again,
if you have any questions, please contact us at [email protected] (upbeat music)

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